Milton schools to release Garrow records by Friday
MILTON--The Milton School Board says it may not release records about Superintendent Garrow’s paid leave until late this week.
The Gazette submitted an open records request to the district Nov. 29 seeking details of a complaint and an investigation into Garrow’s conduct and details of an agreement by the board to pay Garrow through June 30 while he’s on an “administrative leave of absence.”
Until now, the board has been mum on Garrow bowing out of the district in mid-October after the district put him on leave to investigate the complaint about his conduct. Under law, the district had to give Garrow time to augment records The Gazette was requesting or make a rebuttal.
District officials earlier had said that Garrow had a deadline Tuesday to submit the materials.
Board President Rob Roy, who is acting as the district’s spokesperson on Garrow’s leave, said that the district has received materials from Garrow but release of records has been delayed, and possibly won’t happen until Friday.
Roy said he was just getting up to speed on the situation after having a medical procedure on Wednesday, and he was unable to comment in any detail.
Board member Betse Lubke said that she’s been involved in the district handling the records request. She said Garrow has turned in his materials but he has asked the district to include additional materials with the records it gives The Gazette.
“We received Mike’s augmentation and a request from him to release additional documentation,” Lubke said.
Lubke said it’s taking extra time the board is getting help from legal counsel to compile the documents that Garrow wants included.
“We just have to walk through everything and make sure everything is correct,” Lubke said. The board has not said whether the complaint, the investigation or its findings have anything to do with Garrow’s ongoing leave.
The board in November agreed to give Garrow full pay and benefits while he remains on leave through June 30.
Garrow’s current contract runs through June 2014, according to district records. It’s not clear if the terms of Garrow’s ongoing leave agreement have altered his current contract.
The Gazette has asked in two open records requests for the district to release details of his leave agreement.
Garrow has said he’s done nothing that would constitute dismissing him as superintendent. He has said that he has not had an affair or misappropriated funds, and he has not done anything “immoral.”
Garrow has said the time off has allowed him to reflect on his father’s death and “pursue his dreams.”